Macarons — there's something very luxurious about these meringue-based French confections. And if you'd like to hand them out as favours at a wedding or other special event, you'd better make sure the packaging is as sophisticated as the treat. Try one of these four elegant ways to wrap macarons without hiding the sweetness inside:
1. A frosted gable box gives a hint of what's inside while keeping the sweets protected. A little wood fill or paper shred on the bottom acts as a cushion, while ribbon and a leather rose broach dress up the outside.
2. Show off a pair of macarons in a clear pillow box tied with a ribbon.
3. For a variation of the gable box above, try a frosted Chinese takeout container.
4. This is an idea that I shared in an issue of Food & Drink magazine: wrap each macaron individually in cellophane so they look like candies. Cut a square of cellophane large enough to wrap around the macaron, then twist each end and tie with ribbon. Because the confections are so fragile, you have to be very careful as you wrap them so they don't get smooshed or crack; be sure to have extras to allow for mistakes.+ Gift wrapping and photography by Corinna vanGerwen